Hanford Site Public Tours

Tour Information

Registration for the 2014 Hanford Site Public Tours is now closed
Updates for the 2015 season will be posted when available

Hanford Site Public Tours The Department of Energy has not yet determined the dates for the next Public Tour Program season at the Hanford Site. However, all tours will typically begin and end at the B Reactor Tour Headquarters, located at 2000 Logston Blvd., Richland, off of Highway 240, and last approximately four hours.

Tour participants must be United States citizens and at least 18 years of age. All tour slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis through an online registration system. There is no cost to participate in the tours.

All tours begin and end at the B Reactor Tour Headquarters, 2000 Logston Blvd., Richland.

Participants are guided through the Hanford Site and provided an overview of Hanford's role in the nation's defense effort during World War II and the Cold War, as well as information on today's environmental cleanup mission.

The tour route includes:

  • Hanford's 300 Area where uranium was fabricated into fuel rods.
  • The nine nuclear reactors in the 100 Area located along the Columbia River where the fuel rods were irradiated to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons.
  • The original Hanford and White Bluffs town sites.

Visitors also will have a guided walking tour of the historic B Reactor, the world's first full-scale plutonium production reactor.

Additionally, the tour includes briefings on several Hanford facilities supporting today's cleanup mission:

  • Hanford's Cold Test Facility, a scaled version of one of Hanford's 177 underground nuclear waste storage tanks.
  • Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), which operated from 1949 to 1989, and represented the final step in the plutonium production effort at Hanford. Workers are now undertaking the monumental challenge of dismantling the PFP complex with the goal of tearing it down in 2016.
  • The 200 West Groundwater Treatment System, which combines several technologies to remove nitrates and metals, as well as radioactive and organic contaminants, before returning clean water to the ground via a network of wells. The system is designed to operate at a rate of approximately 2,500 gallons per minute.
  • The Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility, an 18-million-ton capacity landfill where Hanford's low-level radioactive, hazardous, and mixed waste are disposed. Since beginning operations in 1996 more than 15 million tons of contaminated material has been safely disposed at the facility.
  • The Waste Treatment Plant, the world's largest facility for turning chemical and radioactive waste into a stable glass form suitable for safe, long-term storage.

Additional information regarding the Hanford Site can be found at http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/AboutUS

For questions on participation in the Hanford Site Public Tours, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, or send an email to HanfordPublicTours@rl.gov.

Tour Point of Contact Karen Sinclair, Mission Support Alliance (509) 376-2151
Registration The Department of Energy has not yet determined the tour dates for the next Hanford Site Public Tour season. Registration information will be posted here when available.
Age Must be at least 18 years of age.
Identification Driver's license, military ID, passport or state ID card, with photo.
Citizenship Must be a United States citizen.
Clothing Clothing must be appropriate for an industrial environment. Anyone not dressed appropriately will not be allowed on the tour. Closed-toed shoes are MANDATORY. Sandals, flip-flops, thongs, open toe/open heel and high heel shoes are prohibited. Short sleeve shirts, knee-length shorts, or "capris" are acceptable, but skirts, dresses and sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Long pants are encouraged and highly recommended.
Prohibited Articles See Tour Restrictions.
Clearance/Badges Visitor badges are required and will be issued to all visitors the day of the tour. Government issued photo identification (driver's license, military ID, passport or state ID card) is required for each tour participant, and must be presented prior to visitors receiving their badges. Name(s) provided on the online tour registration must match exactly the name(s) shown on photo ID.


Note: Hanford Site Public tours are subject to immediate cancellation any time security conditions for the Hanford Site change, or in the event of other security or safety concerns. MSA also reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a tour at any time due to unanticipated circumstances.

In the unlikely event of an emergency or other unforeseeable situation, the tour bus may be required to remain on the Hanford Site for longer than scheduled, or the tour may be immediately terminated. Tour participants should be prepared for delays, or an earlier than normal return time.

Last Updated 12/22/2014 6:11 AM